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    Default How do you say water?

    Even though we still have the rhotic R like the rest of America, something about the T started to sound like D. And I am starting to notice it in my speech and those around me.

    (FYI (break) is used to signify syllable break)

    So, I started finding out that around here, we tend to say water in such a weird way that people from the U.K. think it is easier on the ears than other parts of America, or something. There was a story about a U.K. resident who went to Northern California. While visiting, she(she has been practicing American accent for a while now) requested some water in the restaurant. When she asked for water, the waiter/waitress was confused. She only took notice when she started hearing the waiter/waitresses conversation with the customers. She noticed some kind of accent going on.

    After hearing that story, I started having a conversation with people about how they pronounced the liquid in front of them (water) and every single time, the people pronounced it something like wa(break)dur(?) instead of wa(break)ter. Like, you don't hear the hard T. People didn't enunciate!

    Strangely enough. My relatives in Florida commented about something similar years ago when they came here for a visit. Many people here probably pronounced Rite-Aid as Rite(break)Aid. More than likely, many people here also pronounced the T as a hard T (like in the word Right,) it'll sound something like RighT(break)Aid. When I commented about going to Rite-Aid with my local cousins, my relatives from Florida were perplexed. But my local cousins got me all too easily, because it was also how they pronounced Rite-Aid (RighAid, with Rite being close to sounding like Ride.) So thinking about it, I said, you know that store like Walgreens, where they have a pharmacy and stuff... and they were like "ohhhhhhhh you mean RighT(syllable + word break)Aid."

    After that we started having a conversation about how we pronounced certain words....

    SOOOOOOOOOO, how do you guys pronounce water?

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    Here in Michigan, we generally chop off the T, although sometimes it sounds like a D. Myself, I recognize this horrible, smushed and chopped up way of speaking and try to not do it. I say wa-ter. And RighT-Aid.
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    i dunno i'm thinking about it i know people in philly say it weird

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    i dunnno if that's how i say it or if it's changed because i over thought it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hard View Post
    wood-er (grew up in south jersey).
    yes everyone from that area says it like that. maybe not everyone but the 5-6 people i know do. never heard it pronounced that way before. also that area's prononciation of bagel sounds strange to me.
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    Wah-dur

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rail Tracer View Post
    Even though we still have the rhotic R like the rest of America, something about the T started to sound like D. And I am starting to notice it in my speech and those around me.
    ......

    SOOOOOOOOOO, how do you guys pronounce water?
    I say "wah-duh".

    I'm a non-rhotic speaker, too...I have a coastal Southern accent ("god" and "guard" will sound the same). I usually tone down my accent in front of others but this is the one thing that will give it away.

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